Caleb Williams: Gonzaga’s Big Time Signal Caller
Gonzaga’s 2018 Varsity football season ended in magical fashion, with the Stags winning the WCAC championship on a miraculous Hail Mary touchdown over rival Dematha. The young man responsible for the biggest play in recent Gonzaga football history is named, Caleb Williams. Williams as a Sophomore quarterback last year for Gonzaga put up some of […]
Gonzaga’s 2018 Varsity football season ended in magical fashion, with the Stags winning the WCAC championship on a miraculous Hail Mary touchdown over rival Dematha. The young man responsible for the biggest play in recent Gonzaga football history is named, Caleb Williams. Williams as a Sophomore quarterback last year for Gonzaga put up some of the best numbers by a quarterback at the high school level, earning him several accolades including a spot on MaxPreps Sophomore all-American team. The numbers speak for themselves in terms of his elite production last season. As he amassed over 2600 passing yards and 26 touchdowns. With his signature game coming in the WCAC Championship. In the game including his 53-yard Hail Mary winner, he accounted for 6 total touchdowns in route to leading Gonzaga to a title. Williams having so much success at the QB position last year with such limited experience is impressive. Which is why he is a prospect scouts around the DVM and country should keep their eyes on going into his Junior season.
Williams at 6’2” 207 lbs., displayed the bevy of tools that make him one of the top QB prospects in the DVM area throughout a strong sophomore campaign. As a passer Williams shows the ability to make all the throws. He throws the ball with good accuracy, and quickness in his release. Williams arm strength is solid and will only improve as he matures. He puts quality touch on his deep passes and sideline completions, along with good velocity on tighter window throws. He also performs well at putting the ball in spots where his receivers have the best chance to make a play on contested throws.
His athleticism and mobility make him dangerous as a dual threat quarterback as well. Williams as a runner shows good explosion and strength through holes on designed QB runs. He displays deceptive speed, as well as, elusiveness to avoid defenders in space. His strength in the pocket to elude would be tacklers also is impressive. His mobility aids his ability to extend plays to make throws further down the field. While also being effective on designed rollouts and bootlegs which require throws on the move. His accuracy on these throws is still a work in progress but is serviceable enough to be utilized.
He still is improving in his reading of defenses, but he is at a solid point in his development of this skill. He maintains surprisingly good pocket presence for a young QB also. Williams is likely on his way to having an even stronger Junior season with this valuable experience under his belt. He will have to continue to work hard at his craft, to maintain success in the tough WCAC Conference.
Williams is clearly the Quarterback who can lead Gonzaga to further championship aspirations with his array of talents. Now observers will have to wait and see just how much more Williams can grow this upcoming season. Plus, if he remains on the career path he is on, he will have plenty of Colleges banging down his door to represent their University at the next level.